If you’ve been wondering what’s happening with the promised Senate campaign of Colorado Springs Republican Robert Blaha, the National Journal has you covered [Pols warning: This link also contains the world’s largest picture of Robert Blaha. Seriously. We’re not kidding.] From Andrea Drusch:
Robert Blaha, who pledged to join the race after Bennet supported the Iranian nuclear-arms deal, has lined up Republican strategist Jordan Gehrke, ad-maker Fred Davis, and pollster Gene Ulm to run his potential campaign. And after spending nearly $1 million of his own money in a failed 2012 congressional bid, he’s vowing to make another sizable investment—one his still-unofficial political advisers hope will ward off potential Republican challengers.
“There’s really no other top-tier candidate in the race, from our perspective,” said Gehrke, who most recently served as general consultant for Sen. Ben Sasse’s campaign in Nebraska. “Robert is going to seed the campaign in a very significant way right up front with a sizable investment personally just to demonstrate how serious he is about this. The way this primary is setting up, there’s nobody who is going to be more conservative than him, and there’s nobody who’s going to outraise him.”
You may recall that Blaha “announced” back in September that he would “announce” his campaign for Senate in October. Blaha tells the National Journal that he may hold off on a formal kickoff of his candidacy until “after the holidays,” which may also mean, after the PAC supporting my candidacy is ready to roll:
“We continue to assimilate the team and to prepare for 2016,” Blaha said. “I can’t really think of anybody jumping in that would deter us at all at this point. … We’re not talking about timeline because we’re going to let a little time pass. … The most important thing we can do to really get our strategy, our process, our team.”
Because he doesn’t hold federal office, Blaha can raise money for a supporting super PAC before joining the race. It was a tactic employed by presidential candidate Jeb Bush this year and mimicked by at least one other Senate candidate this cycle.
Colorado Republican consultant Patrick Davis, who advises Blaha, has said he would likely run the super PAC.
Blaha is President of something called Human Capital Associates, which may or may not employ George Costanza, and spent about $800k of his own money in his failed 2012 bid to defeat incumbent Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn in CD-5. Blaha’s team isn’t saying how much money he may invest in his Senate campaign, but Jordan Gehrke tells the Journal that Blaha was “not going to lose because of a lack of money.”
Well, then…Bla-ha-ha-ha-ha!!! [read in spooky voice, because of Halloween and all]